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Fall into Fall

fall-autumnFall is just about here! The days are getting cooler and the nights are getting longer. But it is interesting to think about the word ‘fall’ itself, in another sense. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, fall can be defined as “to come or go down from a high place or standing position”. The truth is that we have all fallen at some point in our lives. At our early stages, falling was part of the process of learning how to walk and later run. We cannot associate the word to fall with fail. That one letter change in the two words makes all the difference! When you fall, you do not fail, but you must learn to get back up, look to the future and see “how can I make things better?” As kids, when we fell, we’d get back up and continue our usual activities. We must learn from our child-version of ourselves to not give up, but to get up.
It is so beautiful to watch the autumn leaves fall off the trees in a range of colors that are breathtaking. The leaves don’t fall off the tree to kill it; They fall to make way for new leaves and flowers. We must stand like a tree. We have to be steadfast and firm. But, also like a tree, we must learn to let dead-weight fall off of us like leaves, to make way for new ideas, plans, hopes, goals and aspirations. Let anything negative descend to the ground, making way for new things! And falling can be the be the start of something brand new. You just have to know that it is not the end of something great, but the beginning of something greater.
So let’s welcome fall with open arms!

About the Author

I am a writer, poet, coordinator, editor, print model, violinist, motivational speaker and published author. I published my first book when I was eight years old. I made my first television appearance on the world famous Apollo Theater, winning first place for the amateur category. I have spoken on CNN Person of the Day, Good Morning America, UPN, NBC and Nickelodeon. In 2002, I spoke at the McDonalds Gospelfest, an annual gospel music and talent festival. I recited a poem I wrote and won first place in the first ever Gospel Poetry Category contest. Along with being a speaker, I also enjoy writing poetry and books. As a writer, I've received the National Organization for Women (NOW) "Young Achiever's Award", the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE) Award in Excellence, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Award for Achievement, the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award given by Zeta Phi Beta, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. In 2005, my name was placed on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama, in honor of Rosa Parks' National Campaign for Tolerance. In 2007, I won Seventeen Magazine and Avon Make Your Mark Contest, where they chose one young lady from the country changing the world through her work. In 2013, I was featured in Long Island Woman. As a model, I've appeared in hair and beauty ads, trade shows, NYFW and Africa Fashion Week (AFWNY) and look-books. As a published author, my work has been featured in Scholastic, Ebony Magazine, Newsday, NY Times, Long Island Herald and other publications. I've completed an editorial internship with Conde Nast (Glamour Magazine). Currently, I'm working on my next book due out soon, and I work in Editorial Relations.

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